In England, the Common Yew Tree (or English yew, Taxus baccata) is often found in churchyards.
They are placed there as a symbol of long life, and to ward off evil some are known to be 2000 years old.
Britain is unique in having the largest number of ancient yews in the world:
Early Christian missionaries recognized the sacred nature of the trees and built their churches near them.
“This is how the Lord wanted his church to be: universal, a great tree whose branches shelter the birds of the air”
Yew trees have holy powers in keeping evil away, for guarding protecting travelers some say.
There is a yew tree in Fortingall Perthshire, Scotland it is estimated as being between 3,000 and 5,000 years old.
Yew is a poisonous tree. Arrow tips used to be dipped in a yew poison and the wood was used to make long bows.
Recently Taxol has been extracted from yew bark this helps fight cancer
In churchyards the yew trees were usually planted in a deliberate manner, with one often beside the path leading from the funeral gateway of the churchyard to the main door of the church – a symbol of resurrection hope for the mourners and a practical place for the men of God to on a wet or windy day. THIS TREE IS 2000 YEARS OLD I am standing in this tree thats how big tree is.
(another great tree Rod Of Moses Tree)
Behold I Show You A Mystery
What will we look like when we go to heaven? What kind of bodies will we have? These are the questions that Christians are asking in these last days. Once during a time of severe illness, God gave me a very special dream vision of my glorified body.
I was taken to a garden in heaven, where the Lord showed me my glorified body; I was about twenty two years of age, very radiant in appearance, like an angel of God. I did not look like myself, but I knew that it was me.
I had a crown of reeds upon my head and I was sleeping in perfect peace, I noticed that the crown of reeds seemed to be too big for my head, for it slipped down past my forehead, and was just touching the top of my eyes.
I wondered what this dream vision meant, for at the time I was very sick and I thought that I was going to die, but the Lord’s gracious hand was upon me. He revealed to me the interpretation of this dream.
The reed which was falling down past my forehead represented eternity, and my body was not yet big enough or completely ready for me, for it still needed more time to grow and become perfected.
And so when the time comes, and the crown of reeds will fit perfectly, then and only then will I leave this old earth for God’s glorious heaven. Soon after this my health began to improve. This blessing from the Lord was one of many blessings which I received from His throne room.
When I close my eyes in this life, I shall awake in this body, for it is written in 1Corinthians chapter 15 v 44, 49, 51 & 52.
“There is a natural body and there is a spiritual body. —And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly— Behold I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible and we shall be changed.”
So dear Christian isn’t it wonderful to know that you and I have been promised by the Lord Jesus, a strong and perfect body.
Cornishevangelist Billy Bolitho.
Changed in the twinkling of an eye, The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised, Changed in the twinkling of an eye. Oh, the seed that was sown in weakness,
Shall then be raised in power,
And the songs of the Blood bought millions, Shall hail that blissful hour;
When we gather safely home in the morning, And nights dark shadows fly,
What a shouting on the shore. When we meet to part no more,
Changed in the twinkling of an eye.